RED LION — There were a few things that went unsaid within the Dallastown girls’ basketball team before Tuesday’s regular-season finale against rival Red Lion.
It was only a year ago when the Lions knocked off the Wildcats in a prime-time contest that was streamed online and on local television.
There was also the matter of claiming the outright York-Adams League Division I title.
Finally, the Wildcats were hoping to stretch their winning streak to 14 straight games.
While those things were never mentioned by coach Jay Rexroth or his staff, the Dallastown girls were very aware of them.
Despite an ugly first half, the Wildcats were finally able get going late in the second period on another night when the game was streamed by High School Sports Live. Dallastown used a 6-0 second-quarter run to gain a 10-7 halftime lead. The Wildcats never looked back. Their defense put a lid on the Red Lion offense, limiting the Lions to single digits in each of the first three quarters en route to a 38-28 triumph.
That clinched the outright D-I title for Dallastown.
“Our goal was the try to get it inside and it took awhile to get it going,” Rexroth said.
Lions fall behind: Once the visitors took the lead, the Lions were forced to up the pressure to try to get back into it. When the press failed, it often resulted in easy layups inside the paint by 6-foot, 3-inch forward Aniya Matthews, who finished 14 points and 12 rebounds, much to the chagrin of Red Lion coach Don Dimoff.
“We did a good job in the first half,” Dimoff said. “But unfortunately, we got behind, had to get out and pressure a little bit and she’s a big kid that can score. You have to give something up and when we didn’t get a steal or turnover in the press they were fortunate to have her standing underneath the basket.”
Teyral comes up big: Rexroth, however, gave high praise to guard Claire Teyral for breaking the game open. Teyral scored all eight of her points in the second half, six of which came on two 3-pointers in the third period when scoring was at a premium.
“Those were just two big (3-pointers) there in the second half,” he said. “Those two were both huge.”
The Wildcats held a four-point lead (16-12) with 3:37 left in the third quarter before Teyral’s two big shots spurred a 7-1 run to end the stanza, putting Dallastown on top, 23-13.
Lions struggle vs. zone: The contest might have been closer had the Lions finished more of their chances. Dimoff, however, gave credit to Dallastown’s 3-2 zone, which prevented the Red Lion girls from getting any sustained, let alone easy, scoring chances.
“We played great defensively,” he said. “But we really struggled to score and you have to give credit to their defense. They did a great job. But we just didn’t execute well. We’ve really played well over the past two weeks (including six-straight wins) but we kind of took a step backwards tonight.”
Alleney Klunk led the Lions (12-10, 5-7) with nine points while Jordyn Foster came off the bench and hit two 3-pointers to keep the Lions within striking distance late in the contest.
Sam Miller was the only other player to reach double-figures in scoring. The Dallastown senior finished with 10 points.
Looking ahead: With the division title and the regular season now behind them, the Wildcats will get ready for what figures to be a very tough, but interesting Y-A League tournament starting this Friday. Rexroth and his team will get Division II’s No. 3 seed, Susquehannock (14-7), in the first round at 7:30 p.m. at Dover.
While the Warriors have fallen on some tough times of late, most of that was the result of missing the Y-A League’s leading scorer in Jaden Walker for four games. Walker returned Monday against Northeastern and Rexroth knows that it won’t be easy to beat them for a second time this season.
Dallastown claimed a 42-40 triumph in early January in a contest that came down to the wire.
“Everyone starts out 0-0,” Rexroth said. “So we’ll have to go there to Dover and see what we can do Friday.”
OTHER GIRLS' BASKETBALL
South Western 59, York High 27: At York, the Mustangs cruised behind 18 points from Ali St. Rose. Madi Wisensale added 13 points for the winners, while Taylor Geiman scored 11. Sabria Royal paced York with 11 points. South Western improved to 15-5 overall and finished 10-2 in Y-A D-I. The Mustangs will be the No. 2 seed out of D-I in the upcoming Y-A playoffs and will face D-III runner-up York Catholic (17-5) in the quarterfinals on Friday at 6 p.m. at Dallastown.
Spring Grove 57, Bermudian Springs 39: At York Springs, the Rockets rolled to the nonleague win behind 19 points each from Lexi Hoffman and Ella Kale. Haley Wagman added 11 points for the winners. Hannah Chenault (14) and Bailey Oehmig (10) combined for 24 of Bermudian's points. Spring Grove improved to 16-6, while Bermudian fell to 13-7. The Rockets will be the No. 3 seed out of D-I in the upcoming Y-A playoffs. In Friday's quarterfinals, they'll face D-II champ Kennard-Dale (20-2) at 7:30 p.m. at Dallastown.
Susquehannock 55, Northeastern 50: At Manchester, the Warriors improved to 14-7 overall and finished 10-4 in Y-A D-II. Northeastern finished 6-16 and 2-12. Susquehannock will be the No. 3 seed out of D-II for the Y-A playoffs that start Friday. The Warriors will face D-I champion Dallastown (19-2) at 7:30 p.m. at Dover. Jaden Walker (20) and Jayla Galbreath (16) combined for 36 of Susquehannock's points. Logan Jennings (13), Megan Elzinga (12) and Jordyn Jennings (10) each reached double digits for the Bobcats.
Gettysburg 67, York Suburban 42: At Gettysburg, the Warriors improved to 18-4 overall and finished 11-3 in Y-A D-II. Suburban finished 7-14 and 4-10. The Warriors will be the No. 2 seed from D-II and will face D-III champ Delone Catholic (20-2) in Friday's Y-A quarterfinals at 6 p.m. at Dover. Cheyenne Proctor (21), Anne Bair (13) and Lily Natter (10) each reached double digits for Gettysburg. Elisa Mears (12) and Alyssa Hocker (11) combined for 23 Suburban points.
York High 71, South Western 39: At Hanover, the Bearcats clinched the outright Y-A D-I championship. Clovis Gallon Jr. led York with 16 points. Tobee Stokes and Cameron Gallon added 10 points each for the winners. York improved to 17-3 overall and finished 12-2 in D-I. South Western fell to 3-18 and 1-13. The Bearcats will be the top seed from D-I for the upcoming Y-A playoffs. In Saturday's quarterfinals, York will face Division II No. 3 seed Dover (13-9) at 7:30 p.m. at Central York.
Dallastown 64, Red Lion 56: At Red Lion, Kobe Green's 18 points powered Dallastown. Kyle Richardson added 15 for the Wildcats, while Nike McGlynn scored 12. Red Lion's Davante Dennis led all scorers with 21 points. Phillip Douglass scored 12 points for the Lions. Dallastown moved to 11-10 overall and finished 8-6 in Y-A D-I. Red fell to 10-12 and 4-10.
West York 77, Spring Grove 47: At Spring Grove, Alex McClellan (17), Gabe Mummert (16) and Jared Shearer (13) combined for 46 of West York's points in the nonleague win. Brendan Jones led Spring Grove with 15 points. Madison Moore added 11 points, while Elijah Taylor scored 10. West York improved to 18-4. Spring Grove fell to 2-20. West York will be the No. 2 seed from D-II in the upcoming Y-A playoffs. In Saturday's quarterfinals, West York will meet D-III champ Littlestown (21-1) at Central York at 6 p.m.
York Tech 72, Fairfield 36: At Spry, Terence Romey poured in 25 points to spark Tech. Izzy Capo added 11 for the Spartans, while Jamal Jackson scored 10. Tech improved to 14-8 overall and finished 10-4 in Y-A D-III. The Spartans enter the Y-A playoffs as the No. 2 seed from D-III. In Saturday's quarterfinals, they'll face Division I No. 2 seed Central York (16-5) at Red Lion at 6 p.m.
York Suburban 59, Susquehannock 51: In a game played at Kennard-Dale, the Trojans finished 8-13 overall and 3-9 in Y-A D-II. The Warriors finished at 6-16 and 1-11.
Central York 54, Dover 24: In a nonleague contest at Central, the Panthers improved to 8-9, while Dover fell to 12-7. Central got pins from Mason Myers (132), Joseph Musti (145), Danny Mamary (160) and Tanner Schaller (170). Central's Michael Wolfgram (285) had a technical fall to improve to 25-0. Dover got pins from Mason Leiphart (113), Brandon Lawyer (182) and Phil Eby (195). Leiphart, a freshman, improved to 26-2.
York Tech 48, Fairfield 30: At Fairfield, Ryan Shahanian (170) led the Spartans to the Y-A D-III victory by picking up a pin. For the Green Knights, Jacob Moyer (285), Page Karsteter (145), Aaron Shriner (160), Kyle Davis (182) and Dakota Mongan (195) each picked up pins. The Spartans secured seven forfeit victories.
Hershey 39, York Suburban 37: At Suburban, the Trojans received pins from Bryson Neidigh (126) and Jamel Lewis (170). Suburban fell to 15-9 overall.
Conestoga Valley 58, West York 18: At West York, the Bulldogs got pins from Ivan Vega (106), Eli Lawless (182) and Frank Veloce (220) in the nonleague loss. West York dropped to 9-9.
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